Posts Tagged ‘sunflowers’

Back in Russia again

29th July 2010 by Helen

Tuesday 27th July

Really fast border crossing into Russia this morning – just two and a half hours to get through two sets of border controls.  Back in Russia we notice that everything looks a bit cleaner and better maintained.  However, although the people are polite they are not quite so friendly as in Kazakhstan.  Managed to fill up with diesel before we crossed the border (it’s cheaper in Kazakhstan – about 30p a litre, whilst it is about 50p a litre in Russia).

Really quite cold here – down to 15C much of the day.  Certainly compared to be up in the 30’s and 40’s of only a couple of weeks ago!

Lots more fields of sunflowers, not yet harvested, unlike Kazakhstan where it was hotter.  Quite a lot of agricultural use of the land here in the Altai area of Russia, also quite industrialised in the main towns.

Distance travelled 338 km

Overnight – camped off road behind some trees just outside Barnaul

Still Heading North

29th July 2010 by Helen

Thursday 22nd July

Still heading north – the roads are long and the country is huge.  And once again we are still on the road from Almaty to Semey.  The road conditions are once again getting worse, with ruts and potholes the norm.

After 10 days of flushing toilets in Almaty the sudden lurch back to the latrine has been a bit of a culture shock this time.  Peering into the abyss, the heaving mass of well camouflaged slugs, whilst there to do an important job, are not endearing.  The tickle of 2010 07 22 - field of sunflowers on road from Taldyqorghan to Semey (18)grass suddenly seems much more preferable.

One of the crops in Kazakhstan is sunflowers and to me it is strange but lovely to see fields of sunflowers as well as wild sunflowers growing by the roadside.2010 07 22 - cow eating on road to Semey (1)

Distance travelled – 377

Campsite – just past Ayakoz on the road from Almaty to Semey